BELTON — The Bell County Commissioners Court on Monday issued a reminder that the Central Texas Council of Governments will hold a household hazardous waste collection day Saturday.
Residents of the CTCOG’s seven-county service area will be able to drop off a variety of toxic chemicals in the rear parking lot of the Killeen Civic Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.
“Any paint or cleaners that’s sitting around the garage, now is a good time to get rid of them,” Bell County Precinct 2 Commissioner Tim Brown said. This is the first hazardous waste collection day of the 2014 calendar year; the last one was held in August.
Residents of Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties can take everything from batteries, including automobile and rechargeable, to motor oil for disposal, according to documents from the Council of Governments.
“Broad categories of acceptable items include petroleum products, pesticides, herbicides, paints and related chemicals, acids, flammables, corrosives and solvents,” said Jason Deckman, the council’s solid waste coordinator. “Prohibited items include infectious and medical wastes, biological and radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and explosives.”
Participants will have to present proof of residency, a state-issued identification card or a utility bill, and will be asked to complete a short survey. Service area residents needing more information can call 254-770-2376.
One of the key differences between the upcoming household hazardous waste disposal day and previous ones is in the way disposal of tires is being handled.
“They’ll be accepting tires with rims this time,” said Bell County Precinct 4 Commissioner John Fisher. This year the council is allowing residents to dispose of eight tires for $1. Previously, households were limited to seven tires. Households also will be able to dispose of oversize tires as well as tires still on the wheel for an additional surcharge. The collection is being funded by a $115,000 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.